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Revenue phone scam

As many people make their last minute tax submissions to the Canada Revenue Agency, a new scam has opened up in Kamloops.

RCMP in that city say they’ve become aware of a caller who says they are from the “revenue department of the RCMP”.

“The caller threatens to have you arrested and deported from Canada if you don’t immediately transfer money to an account,” says Cpl. Cheryl Bush with the Kamloops RCMP.

“The caller may also make reference to Canada Revenue Agency and can become very intimidating over the phone.”

All efforts to trace the origin of the caller have been stymied, as the calls were made from a computer. The company that provides this service allows users to originate calls from anywhere in the world, making it very difficult to trace.

According to RCMP, there have only been two reported cases and neither person fell for the ruse. They encourage anyone who receives a call like this to immediately hang up, and not provide any personal information.

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